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Lie to Me 

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About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.


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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the police etc. fail to go the extra mile. So he can afford to constitute a team of his own, which like clients and others has to put up with his mind-games. Written by KGF Vissers

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21 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Kay Panabaker played Emily Lightman for the pilot episode. Her one scene was opposite Tim Roth begging him not to use "covert science" on her date for the evening. After filming she was recast with Hayley McFarland. The scene was re-shot and the aired version featured McFarland. A picture of Panabaker can still be seen of Cal's desk though. Best Buy gave customers a free DVD in early 2009 with the "Lie To Me" pilot on it. This version featured Kay Panabaker in the role of Emily. See more »


[repeated line]
Dr. Cal Lightman: That's a lie.
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Referenced in All-Seeing Eye Surveillance: Satan's Omniscience (2011) See more »

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So far, so good...
22 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Last night I watched the premiere of Lie to Me on Fox. I'd seen the previews for months, and when I saw that Tim Roth was coming to television, him being one of my favorite actors, I was both excited and dubious at the same time. Another of my favorite actors, Christian Slater, had made an awesome TV debut on My Own Worst Enemy. But the show had been canceled, and I honestly didn't want to see the same thing happen to as great an actor as Tim Roth.

But last night's pilot delivered many great performances, not only from Roth, but the supporting guest cast as well. The episode itself had a pleasant mixture of drama, comedy, and sharp dialog.

Despite what some may think, it is possible to tell from a show's pilot whether or not the show will succeed. From what I saw last night, I can see this show going a long, long way. The formula that the show's staff have come up with is, yes, still in its conceptual stages. But they're definitely on to something, and I hope to see a rising popularity in America for Dr. Lightman and his team.

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